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Which one is the best ubuntu version currently for ROS? (Full installment)

asked 2014-04-17 09:00:38 -0500

Abdul gravatar image

updated 2016-10-24 09:10:48 -0500

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I cannot decide between the various Ubuntu versions to install ROS. I have Ubuntu 13.10 but it is not supported. I didn't use other versions before so i want the one that will not crash often and will run smoothly with ROS & programming languages like jave etc.

I am dual booting so i want the version which provides all packages etc of ROS.

So any suggestions which one to install? UBUNTU 12.04 ? 12.10? 13.04?

P.S. I am a beginner on both.

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answered 2014-04-17 09:19:42 -0500

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updated 2014-04-17 09:19:55 -0500

Right now (April 2013) your best bet is Ubuntu 12.04 with ROS Hydro.

Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 is the new LTS and was released today. In 1-2 months ROS Indigo will be released and the recommendation will be Ubuntu 14.04 and ROS Indigo. However, the migration from Hydro to Indigo should be relatively easy so I wouldn't wait on that, but instead get started and upgrade at your leisure.

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So do you suggest me to install 12.04 for now and update it when ROS Indigo is ready? OR shall i run 12.04 on virtual box? I don't think it will be smooth and efficient though.

Abdul gravatar image Abdul  ( 2014-04-17 10:04:35 -0500 )edit

It's up to you, the best option right now is 12.04 and Hydro either in a VM or in a separate partition. Later you can choose to update to 14.04 and Indigo if you so choose. Hydro will be maintained for at least another year, and even then you should be ok, so there is no rush to update.

William gravatar image William  ( 2014-04-17 10:25:56 -0500 )edit

12.04 is Ubuntu's Long Term Stable release, so it will be more stable and supported for a long time. They've recently released a 12.04.4 with a new kernel, so it runs well on recent hardware.

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2014-04-17 11:06:51 -0500 )edit

Is Ubuntu 14.04 still the best OS for running ROS?

Codehead gravatar image Codehead  ( 2018-03-12 16:38:04 -0500 )edit

This is always the best place to get an answer to this question (including a recommended version):

William gravatar image William  ( 2018-03-12 16:44:07 -0500 )edit

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